Mid Week Tease: More from In Plain Sight

midweekteaseGood morning. Welcome to another Mid Week Tease courtesy of Sandra Bunino. Please take the time to check out the other great teases. I’ve learned a lot from reading material written by other authors, and I hope you will as well, and so in rhyme:

Mid Week Teases

Some are PG, some are not.

Some are sweet and some are hot, hot, hot!

There are vamps and tramps and aliens, too.

Something for everyone, it’s all up to you!

With 12 days of summer left, I can be optimistic that there are still a few great nights out there yet. Last Friday night was the warmest, nicest night of the summer. It’s the reason I decided to share another except from In Plain Sight. I set the book in New York state where we go camping. I used the places in the area to create Pine Falls, and I’ve been inside that walk-in cooler in the story. While many things in the book are fictitious, others are real, and anyone who’s driven the road out of Potsdam just might remember the road described this morning. 

In Plain Sight coverHere’s the Blurb to refresh your memory:

In life, you pay a price for everything you do. Widowed, her dream of starring on Broadway in ashes at her feet, Misty Starr yearns for a happy, healthy, normal life for herself and her four-year-old daughter, Debbie. Settled in Pine Falls, NY, a sleepy little town filled with friendly people, she believes she’s found it and feels safe enough to sing in an amateur theater revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. She’ll do anything to keep this life even if it is built on lies, because revealing her secret is impossible. When Nick Anthony joins the cast as music director, Misty is attracted to the man who stirs up feelings she thought long dead, but can love grow on a bed of deceit?

 A former concert pianist and secret CIA courier, Nick lives in darkness ever since the accident that killed his wife. The doctors say there’s nothing wrong with his vision, so why can’t he see? Hiding from his former life, he reluctantly agrees to help with the musical and is drawn to the young singer with the voice of an angel. When a mysterious fire destroys her home, Nick vows to keep her and her daughter safe. After one suspicious event leads to another, Nick is determined to protect them from an unknown assassin, but in order to do that, he needs to know her secrets. With his money and connections, he’ll do whatever it takes to save the woman he loves, but does she love him enough to reveal the truth?

Today’s Tease:

After what seemed like hours rather than minutes, the car climbed the last hill on their route, the steepest one before home. Once over the hump, they’d be home within five minutes. She took a deep breath and huffed it out. She could do this.

As she crested the hill, Misty applied the brakes to decelerate so she wouldn’t be moving too fast when she arrived at the S curve at the bottom. It took less than a second to realize that not only were the brakes sluggish, they were gone.

“Oh God,” she whispered into the silence, her breath catching in her throat, the beat of her heart thundering in her ears. “Nick, the brakes are gone!”

“Completely? Are you sure? Have you pumped them?” His voice was firm and steady, mooring her, preventing her from giving way to the panic. He was probably as frightened as she was, but he was doing his best to hide it from her—just as she would if it were Debbie in the car. She was determined not to let him down.

She lifted her foot and pumped the brakes several times, hoping to build up enough pressure in the braking system to slow the vehicle, which continued to accelerate due to gravity. She tried to remember everything she’d learned in the defensive driving course the marshals had insisted she take when they’d first put her in the program. The most important thing had been to remain calm. She squeezed the pedal to the floor and held it there. She shifted into low gear, hoping it would be enough to reduce the speed further, using the car’s own engine to slow it down as she’d been taught.

“Damn! There’s nothing there. I’ve downshifted, but we’re still moving too fast. I’m going to use the hand brake. Brace yourself. If it works, we won’t stop right away, but we’ll slow even more. I took a defensive driving course years ago, and I’m trying to remember what to do in this situation. It wasn’t one we practiced.”

“You’ll do fine,” he stated with conviction. “You’re an excellent driver. I’d offer to drive, but then we’d really be in trouble.”

The nonsensical comment made her giggle nervously. Her fingers gripped the steering wheel so tightly, they hurt. She didn’t want to let go of the wheel, but she couldn’t hang on to it and pull the handbrake at the same time. They were quickly approaching the curve at the bottom of the hill.

She gritted her teeth, forced her right hand to let go of the steering wheel, and pulled up on the handbrake with all her strength. Nothing happened.

“It should have worked—why didn’t it work?” Her breath was coming in gasps. “The parking brake worked earlier. This makes no sense.”

Want to read more? Chapter one is available on Wattpad

Now, don’t forget to check out the rest of this week’s teases.

 

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6 thoughts on “Mid Week Tease: More from In Plain Sight

  1. Great tease, Susanne. I love the premise of your story. I was addicted to the show In Plain Sight. I still miss Mary and Marshall the Marshal. The show inspired me to start a story about someone in the program a couple of years ago, but then I got sidetracked with other projects. I’m eager to finally complete the story.

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